Youth & Family Programs
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Donations to The Annual Fund generously support the education, restoration, and exhibition programs of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.
Travel back in time to experience the life of a lighthouse keeper with hands-on, interactive activities. Participants receive a tour of the lighthouse, try on the clothes and duties of a traditional lighthouse keeper, hear stories about lighthouses from the past, play lighthouse-themed games and puzzles, swear the oath of an official Hooper Strait Light Keeper. Program is available Fridays & Saturdays April, May, June, September and October.LEARN MORE
The Museum’s Sea Squirts Summer Camp is a half-day long, hands-on Bay-focused program for kids ages 4 to 9 where children learn about the Bay firsthand through activities, stories, games and crafts. Sea Squirts Summer Camp runs during the months of June, July and August. Scholarships are available.LEARN MORE
Children ages 4-9 can fill their Saturdays in February with two hours of fun-filled and challenging hands-on games, arts and crafts, that blend STEM learning (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) with the arts.LEARN MORE REGISTER FOR STEAM TEAM NOW
Rising Tide teaches students basic boatbuilding skills in a welcoming, relaxed environment. The program works to inspire participants to develop a sense of self-confidence and pride, and facilitate mentorships that provide guidance and support. Students of the program will be encouraged to become more academically prepared to achieve long-term success, whether on a college track or vocational emphasis, having gained skills in mathematics, engineering, team building, and project management.
CBMM invites families to join shipwrights in the boatshop for a woodworking project. Projects vary from steam-bending wood to making cutting boards or helping to build a wooden boat. For ages 10 and up, children must be accompanied by an adult.REGISTER NOW
Family Activity Backpacks
Families with young children can use an activity backpack to facilitate museum exploration. Designed for children 3-6 years old, activities in the backpacks include games, puzzles, and props to encourage play and hands-on exploration within several of the museum’s exhibits, including the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse. The backpacks can be reserved at CBMM’s Welcome Center during a visit, and are offered free with the museum’s general two-day admission.